Monthly Archives: November 2020

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R.I.P. Black Friday? Pandemic, online shopping lead to thin crowds

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. The major retailers wanted sparse crowds on Black Friday in this COVID-19 era. They certainly got them. On Friday morning, only a few dozen people were lined up outside the Macy’s flagship in Manhattan before it opened, compared to 15,000…

Gift Guide: How to turn your outdoor space into a year-round living room

Winter came especially early this year to Chicago—the first snowflakes were spotted on October 26th, to be exact. In this part of the country people are already used to braving the elements, but with COVID still running rampant, having an outdoor space that is usable (no matter what the temperature) has become the best way to ensure you can keep…

The email security market is littered with false claims. How to fix it

Today’s crowded email security market has become littered with false claims. I can tell you that firsthand—the company I run competes in this crowded arena. (And as such, I have a financial stake in writing this article.) As a potential buyer, empty promises are incredibly confusing. As a vendor, they’re counterproductive and dishonest—it’s pretty unethical to say your product removes…

The pandemic paradox: surviving a public health crisis breeds more science skeptics, researchers find

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. It sounds crazy, but it could be true: The current pandemic experience of a crucial cohort of the world population could make future pandemics worse. The surprising evidence comes from new research by Barry Eichengreen of the University of California at Berkeley, Cevat Giray Aksoy of…

Former World Bank president James Wolfensohn dies at 86

James Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years and was a guiding force for a couple of the most well-known cultural institutions in the U.S., has died. He was 86. Wolfensohn died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan according to the Institute for Advanced Study, where he had been a past chair of the…

In an era of political polarization, ‘Trump TV’ makes perfect sense

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Though he may never publicly admit it, Donald Trump effectively conceded the 2020 presidential election on Monday, when his federal government’s General Services Administration finally signed off on the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming regime. With a constitutional crisis,…

Everything to know about T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T’s 5G plans

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. The three major carriers are rapidly expanding their superfast 5G networks, which offer download speeds as much as 10 to 100-times faster than 4G connections. That means users with 5G compatible phones can get an entire a movie in seconds…

Oil slips from its eight-month high as OPEC+ tensions rise

Oil fell from an eight-month high as cracks appear among some OPEC+ members days before a key policy meeting to discuss delaying the end of output curbs. Futures fell 1.6% in New York. Iraq’s deputy leader this week criticized OPEC, saying the economic and political conditions of member countries should be considered before they are asked to withhold production. OPEC’s…

11 Things You Should Know Before You Get Your First Credit Card

A credit card may seem like just another tool to help you make purchases, but it can be much more. When used responsibly, a credit card can help you build

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

How Is Credit Card Interest Calculated?

So your bank tells you that your credit card has a 15% APR. What does that actually mean? How does your bank calculate your interest rate, and how does that translate into how much you actually pay? …

What Is a Balance Transfer, and Should I Consider Doing One?

In a perfect world, no one would carry a balance on their credit card. We would all pay our bills in full each month and never have to worry about

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